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David Caruso

David Caruso as Horatio Caine, November 2004
Born David Stephen Caruso
January 7, 1956 (1956-01-07) (age 54)
Forest Hills, Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Cheri Maugans (March 30, 1979–February 21, 1984)
Rachel Ticotin (1984–1987)

David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is an American film and television actor and producer, known for his role of Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami.


Early life

Caruso was born in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, New York,[1] the son of Joan, a librarian, and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor.[2] He is of Italian and Irish descent[3] and was raised as a Roman Catholic.[4] Caruso attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School, in Forest Hills. He later attended Archbishop Molloy High School in nearby Briarwood, graduating in 1974.[5]



His first film appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted as "Danny". Caruso then spent most of the next decade in film supporting roles, appearing in such films as First Blood, An Officer and a Gentleman, Blue City, Thief of Hearts, and China Girl. Caruso also appeared in Twins and Hudson Hawk (1991).

In television he had a recurring role as Tommy Mann, the gang leader of "The Shamrocks", on Hill Street Blues in the early 1980s. He also had a two-episode appearance on the television series Crime Story which ran from 1986 to 1988 on NBC.


Caruso had supporting roles in the crime films King of New York (1990) and Mad Dog and Glory (1992). While filming 1991's Hudson Hawk, Caruso employed Method acting, refusing to talk to anyone on set as his character, Kit-Kat, is mute having had his tongue bitten off.[6]

Caruso's first significant role was in 1993 as Detective John Kelly on the series NYPD Blue, for which Caruso won a Golden Globe Award. In addition, TV Guide named Caruso as one of the six new stars to watch in the 1993-94 season.

He made news by leaving the highly rated show the following year (only four episodes into the second season) to pursue a career in film, but he was unable to establish himself as a leading-man despite starring in the crime thriller Kiss of Death, which was critically well-received but did not perform well financially. He also appeared in Jade (1995), which flopped critically at the box office. In 1997, Caruso returned to television as the star of the short-lived CBS law drama series, Michael Hayes, in which he played a New York City-based federal prosecutor. It ran for one season.


Caruso returned to film with a supporting role as Russell Crowe's mercenary associate in the movie Proof of Life in 2000. In 2001, he had a lead role in the horror film, Session 9.

Since 2002, he has starred as Lt. Horatio Caine in the popular CSI spin-off series CSI: Miami. He was the first actor in the franchise to appear as the same character on all three CSI programs. On CSI: Miami, Caruso is known for frequently using one-liners which are highly appropriate to the present situation, many of which include him putting on his trademark sunglasses mid-sentence. Caruso's sunglasses and one-liners are often ridiculed on The Soup by host Joel McHale. On an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on March 8, 2007, comedian Jim Carrey satirically impersonated Caruso. Carrey asked for an “intense close-up” from the camera, spoke in a deep voice and put sunglasses on. David later said in an interview with CBS that he was impressed with the impersonation.[7] In the twentieth episode of the fifth season of House, "Simple Explanation", Dr. House says to Dr. Cameron "Did you deduce that by taking off your sunglasses to the strains of a Who song?".

Bobble Head David Caruso

Bobble Head DC (B-HED)

In early 2007, David Caruso’s team of affiliates created the iconic Horatio Caine Bobble Head doll. Standing approximately 6 inches tall and filled with candy, the doll caricatures the famous CSI star’s pale complexion, red hair and sunglasses. Since its release, the bobble head quickly became a ‘must have’ accessory on the set of CSI Miami, and has grown to be a favourite talisman amongst David Caruso fans. During a set visit in October 2009, a group of enthusiastic fans, who had traveled to the set from Toronto, Canada were given a bobble head as a thank you gift for making the near 2,200 mile trip to California.

Now named “Bobble Head David Caruso” (aka B-HED), the figure has traveled to several cities within the US (LA, Las Vegas, Chicago, Buffalo, Miami), Australia (Melbourne), Cuba (Holguin) and Canada (Toronto, Windsor, Niagara Falls). B-HED has gained momentum with its own media/fan following and has gained significant exposure via his social networking sites. Follow B'HED's Blog

Personal life

Caruso has a daughter, Greta (born June 1, 1984), with his second wife, Rachel Ticotin. In 1994, (according to court record) ex-girlfriend Paris Papiro filed a palimony suit. Caruso paid an undisclosed sum in early 1995.[citation needed] He and former girlfriend Liza Marquez have two children together: a son, Marquez Anthony (born September 15, 2005), and daughter, Paloma Raquel (born October 16, 2007). In April 2009, Marquez filed papers suing Caruso for fraud, breach of their settlement agreement and emotional distress.[8] He currently lives in Los Angeles and Miami with his girlfriend, Amina Islam.

In March 2009, an Austrian woman was placed in custody in Tyrol, Austria on charges of stalking Caruso; she had twice failed to appear in court to answer the charges before fleeing to Mexico; following her deportation from Mexico, Austrian officials took her into custody to await trial on the stalking charges.[9]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Brady, James. In Step With David Caruso (TV and film actor), Parade (magazine), March 6, 2005. Accessed June 2, 2009. "The redheaded David Caruso grew up in Forest Hills, N.Y."
  2. ^ "David Caruso Biography at Film". Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Article: Caruso's happy with `CSI'". AccessMyLibrary. 2004-08-28. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Article: 'Jade' star David Caruso talks changes in his personal life.". AccessMyLibrary. 1995-09-25. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  5. ^ "Famous Stanners". Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  6. ^ Richard E Grant, "With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant", p.179
  7. ^ Interview with Caruso and cast of CSI:Miami
  8. ^ "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Alleged Caruso Stalker in Custody" Yahoo News, March 26, 2009

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